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FEATURE

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Angel
Flight
East
Helping Lift the Financial Burden
of Travel for Medical Care
BY ELLEN WILLIAMS
Executive Director of Angel Flight East

26 Lehigh County Health & Medicine | SUMMER 2018

hen an individual needs crucial
medical care far from home, the last
thing the family should be concerned
with is whether or not their loved
one will be able to get where they need to go.
Expenses associated with travel, however, on top
of considerable medical fees can be a tremendous
obstacle. Getting the proper medical treatment is
an urgent matter, but when a patient or their family
can't afford the cost of transportation they're left
with few options. That's when compassion flight
organizations like Angel Flight East (AFE) step in
to lift this financial burden and provide a means
of travel for the patient in need.
Based in the greater Philadelphia area, Angel
Flight East is a non-profit organization dedicated
to serving the community by facilitating free air
transportation to children and adults in need of
medical treatment far from home. Every year, Angel
Flight East provides hundreds of flights for patients
who are ambulatory and sufficiently stable to fly. It's
through this process we are able to provide "hope
in flight" and give families a sense of relief during
an already stressful time.
One such instance occurred where a child from
South Carolina had a medical condition that could
have resulted in the loss of his eye. Suffering from
retinoblastoma, two-month-old Brayden needed
crucial treatment from a facility in Philadelphia
that specializes in dealing with this condition. His
care plan required him to travel every three weeks
to receive this treatment, a process that drove his
family to think about Brayden's mother relocating
to Philadelphia while the father would stay in South
Carolina to continue working. Aside from being
separated during this treatment, Brayden's family
would have had to pay twice as much money



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